Grain Free Pumpkin Loaf

Fall just screams pumpkin.This loaf is moist and delicious on its own or with a smear of cream cheese or slathered with butter.It’s Gluten Free and  Grain Free  .

1.5 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 cup melted butter
1/2 cup coconut sugar or regular sugar or honey
3 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix melted butter, sugar, eggs and pumpkin until smooth. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and pour batter into the pan. Bake 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Grain Free No Oatmeal,Oatmeal Cookies

I do love oatmeal cookies but I’m still trying to eat grain free so I went on a search for a grain free recipe that might fit the bill .I adapted this recipe from Against All Grain.While not an exact duplicate of a chewy grain filled cookie, it is nice to have on hand when the sweet tooth comes a calling.They freeze well.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • ¾ cup finely shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raisins or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the butter and egg in a bowl  and cream with a hand mixer for 1 minute on high.
  3. Add the honey and vanilla and mix for another minute, until creamy.
  4. Place the cinnamon,  flours, baking soda, and salt in another bowl
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix for another minute, until combined.
  6. Add the coconut and raisins or chocolate chips, then mix again for a minute.
  7. Using a spoon, drop balls of dough the size of a golf ball onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on a wire rack completely before eating.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Roasted vegetables are a fall treasure.Peppers,Tomatoes and Eggplant are some of the veg that roast well.Broccoli and Cauliflower are also stars in the oven.

This recipe is great for a side dish with fish,chicken or any meat.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

One head of cut broccoli washed and patted dry.Place in bowl and pour 1/8 cup of olive oil over the pieces of broccoli.Salt and pepper generously.

Sprinkle 1 tsp garlic powder and 1TBSP Parmesan cheese over the broccoli.Mix to make sure every piece is coated.

In a 375 degree preheated oven place broccoli on a sheet pan lined with foil.Bake for 30 minutes.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Blueberry Banana Muffins

This is a great recipe for using up ripe bananas you may have.They are nice treat with a cup of tea or pack in lunches.They freeze well

1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup  coconut flour
3  ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
2  eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup  honey
1/3 cup  butter , melted
3/4 tsp  baking soda
1/2 tsp  sea salt
1 tsp  lemon juice
1 .5 tsp  vanilla extract
1 .5 tsp  cinnamon
2/3 cup blueberries(I used frozen)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in muffin tin.
2. In a large bowl, add coconut and almond flours, baking soda, salt; mix to combine.
3. To the same bowl, add eggs, mashed bananas, honey, butter, lemon  juice, vanilla, cinnamon; mix again to combine. Gently stir in blueberries.
4. Drop by tablespoons into the muffin tins. Fill 12 muffins full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Grain Free Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie

In my quest to eat gluten free and mostly grain free,I look for different flour substitutes for my sweet treats.Most of us are very familiar with baking with almond flour but it is on the expensive side.

On my last trip to Bulk Barn I noticed ground pecans and wondered if I could substitute it for the almond flour in my favourite Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie  recipe. At half the price per pound it was certainly worth a shot.The result was a crispier flatter cookie and every bit as delicious.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen large cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter plus 2 Tblsp, softened
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar (can substitute brown or white sugar)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups ground pecans (pecan meal)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Using an electric mixer, mix together the butter, sugar in a large bowl until very creamy (like frosting). Add the vanilla and egg, mixing until well incorporated. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Then slowly mix in the ground pecans, 1/2 cup at a time, until well blended. Using a spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and coconut, if using.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about three-inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake approximately 13 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet.

Stuffed Peppers

Peppers are plentiful right now in gardens ,farmers markets and grocery stores. Stuffed peppers are a family favourite and gluten free.

With an endless variety of filling recipes you’re sure to find something that will please everyone. Ground Beef can be combined with white or brown rice, quinoa,or just veggies to fill bell peppers. For fun, try using a variety of green, yellow and red peppers.Oh and don’t forget to serve with a dollop of sour cream.Here is my go to recipe.

 1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained of fat

 1 cup cooked cooled rice (I like jasmine rice)

 6 peppers any colour

 2   8 oz. cans tomato sauce

1 chopped onion lightly sauteed in butter

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C).

 Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward

 In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, onions and salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Pour remaining can of tomato sauce over the stuffed peppers.

Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 1.5 hour in the preheated oven or until peppers are tender. If you have time you can baste the peppers with sauce every once in awhile.

What’s ever in the garden and fridge gluten free soup

Maybe this soup should be called “detox” soup.I have been over indulging in gluten free chocolate covered cranberries for the past couple of weeks.Who knew they might add some poundage back on 🙂 .I need to get back in balance so I thought I would make this soup full of goodness from the garden.

My father originated this recipe when he was faced with an abundance of tomatoes,like I am right now.The neighbours won’t even make eye contact if they see me walking down the street with tomatoes to give away.My gluten free garden runneth over.

There really isn’t a recipe.It really is exactly what you have in the garden and fridge at the moment.The tomato is the star of the show but feel free to add whatever other veg you have.My soup consisted of lots of peeled tomatoes,garlic,onion,celery,organic spinach,zucchini,flat leaf parsley,dill,salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium low until all vegetables are cooked.Let cool and puree smooth or leave a bit chunky.Serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

This soup is gluten free,vegetarian,vegan and dairy free.It is filling and nutritious and hopefully gets me back on track.

Gluten free Garden Update

Just a quick note to let you know that garden is doing well. The recent rains and sun are helping the slow to ripen tomatoes. Luckily my neighbour Lena’s tomatoes are ripening quicker and she has generously shared them with us and other neighbours. The zucchini are still producing and we have been able to share the bounty with family and friends.

The dill cucumbers are also doing well. We have enjoyed them just washed and salted straight out of the garden, quick pickled in a jar on the kitchen counter and added to salads.

We are closely watching the progress of the spaghetti squash. The plants are flowering and starting to grow small fruit. How is your gluten free garden doing?

Quick Pickles or Quickles

One extra large wide mouth jar

Washed small pickling cucumbers

Lots of Fresh Dill

Water

Salt

Optional: Garlic Cloves

 Fill jar ½ full with water

Add salt till the water tastes very salty

Add cucumbers and Dill (Add more water if cucumbers are not covered)

Cover with a plate and let sit on counter for a few days..

Gluten Free Zucchini Pancakes

They have arrived in abundance.Zucchini that is.So after a few meals of sauteed zucchini I needed to change it up.These pancakes are great as a side dish or light lunch.

3 medium zucchini grated

1 egg

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

handful of fresh chopped dill

salt and pepper to taste

Grate the zucchini and lightly salt.Let is sit for about an hour and then squeeze all the water out.Keep squeezing until you think you have it all out and then squeeze once more (the drier the zucchini the crispier the pancake). Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Heat up a frying pan with olive oil.Place large spoonfuls of the zucchini mix in the oil.Flatten them out with a spatula.When brown on the edges,about 5 minutes,carefully flip them over and cook for another 5 minutes.Serve with sour cream.

Gluten Free Garden Update

Things are starting to happen in the garden. We began harvesting some snow peas last week.They are sweet,crunchy and delicious raw or I like to lightly sautee them in butter and enjoy them that way. I also will throw some into a Chinese stir fry.

Next up is zucchini. While they are slow in starting this year, I have a feeling we will be begging people to take some in the not too distant future. My favourite way to prepare the zucchini is to fry some garlic in some butter and olive oil, add the washed and sliced zucchini. Cook until soft, add salt and tons of fresh chopped dill. I’ll have more zucchini recipes as the season progresses.